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Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.

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Approx. 7 hours to complete

English

Subtitles: English, Arabic

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
2 hours to complete

What is this thing called science? (Michela Massimi and Duncan Pritchard)

3 videos (Total 25 min), 7 readings, 1 quiz
3 videos
1.2 What is Science?14m
1.3 Duhem & Kuhn8m
7 readings
Lecture slides10m
Recommendation for reading10m
Epistemic relativism10m
Inductivism and Falsificationism10m
Underdetermination10m
Philosophers10m
Related work by Philosophy staff at the University of Edinburgh10m
1 practice exercise
Week 1 Practice Quiz: What is this thing called science? 18m
Week
2
2 hours to complete

Week 2: The origins of our universe (Michela Massimi and John Peacock)

5 videos (Total 41 min), 7 readings, 1 quiz
5 videos
2.2 A Very Brief History of Cosmology part I10m
2.2 A Very Brief History of Cosmology part II10m
2.3 Cosmology & Scientific Methodology5m
2.4 Conclusion5m
7 readings
Lecture slides10m
Recommendation for reading10m
General overview of modern cosmology10m
Unobservability and indistinguishable spacetimes10m
Smolin on cosmology, time and laws10m
Chris Smeenk10m
Related work by Philosophy staff at the University of Edinburgh10m
1 practice exercise
Week 2 Quiz: The origins of the universe20m
Week
3
2 hours to complete

Week 3: Dark Matter and Dark Energy (Michela Massimi and John Peacock)

5 videos (Total 52 min), 7 readings, 1 quiz
5 videos
3.2 Dark Matter & Dark Energy part I18m
3.2 Dark Matter & Dark Energy part II13m
3.3 What prospects for Cosmology?9m
3.4 Conclusion3m
7 readings
Lecture Slides10m
Find and share news on the frontiers of science!10m
Recommendation for reading10m
On Kuhn and the rationality of theory choice10m
Underdetermination of theory by evidence10m
Dark matter and dark energy10m
Related work by Philosophy staff at the University of Edinburgh10m
1 practice exercise
Week 3 Quiz: Dark matter and dark energy20m
Week
4
4 hours to complete

Week 4: The anthropic principle and multiverse cosmology (Alasdair Richmond and John Peacock)

3 videos (Total 51 min), 5 readings, 2 quizzes
3 videos
4.2 The Anthropic Principle and Cosmology Part I14m
4.2 The Anthropic Principle and Cosmology Part II17m
5 readings
Lecture Slides10m
Recommendation for reading10m
Inflationary cosmology10m
Multiverse Cosmology10m
Related work by Philosophy staff at the University of Edinburgh10m
1 practice exercise
Week 4 Quiz: The anthropic principle and multiverse cosmology20m
10 minutes to complete

Philosophy and the Sciences Part 2

1 reading
1 reading
Introduction to the Philosophy of Cognitive Sciences10m
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Top reviews from Philosophy and the Sciences: Introduction to the Philosophy of Physical Sciences

By DLNov 27th 2017

Many of the mathematical elements were beyond me, but the instructors presented the material in such a way that it really demonstrated the art of philosophical thinking about the field of science.

By KKJun 7th 2018

Nice slides.Lectures are well prepared .Quizzes are relevant to the subject and thoughtfully worded so that even wrong choices also contribute to the knowledge of the study material.

Instructors

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Professor Michela Massimi

Full Professor
Philosophy
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Dr. Suilin Lavelle

Lecturer in Philosophy
University of Edinburgh
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Dr David Carmel

Lecturer
Psychology
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Dr Mark Sprevak

Senior Lecturer
School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences
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Professor Duncan Pritchard

Professor of Philosophy
University of Edinburgh
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Professor Andy Clark

School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences
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Professor John Peacock

Professor of Cosmology
Institute for Astronomy
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Professor Barbara Webb

School of Informatics
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Dr Kenny Smith

School of Philosophy, Psychology & Language Sciences
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Dr Peggy Series

Institute for Adaptive and Neural Computation
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Louise Connelly

E-Learning Developer
University of Edinburgh

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